1,3-Diamido-calixarene Conjugates of Amino Acids: Recognition of -COOH Side Chain Present in Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins by Experimental and Computational Studies
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Lower rim 1,3-diamido conjugates of calixarene have been synthesized and characterized, and the structures of some of these have been established by single crystal XRD. The amido-calix conjugates possessing a terminal -COOH moiety have been shown to exhibit recognition toward guest molecules possessing -COOH moiety, viz., Asp, Glu, and reduced and oxidized glutathione (GSH, GSSG), by switch-on fluorescence in aqueous acetonitrile and methanol solutions when compared to the control molecules via forming a 1:1 complex. The complex formed has been shown by mass spectrometry, and the structural features of the complexes were derived on the basis of DFT computations. The association constants observed for the recognition of Asp/Glu by Phe-calix conjugate, viz., 532/676 M(-1), are higher than that reported for the recognition of Val, Leu, Phe, His, and Trp (16-63 M(-1)) by a water-soluble calixarene (Arena, G., et al. Tetrahedron Lett. 1999, 40, 1597). For this recognition, there should be a free -COOH moiety from the guest molecule. AFM, SEM, and DLS data exhibited spherical particles with a hundred-fold reduction in the size of the complexes when compared to the particles of the precursors. These spherical particles have been computationally modeled to possess hexameric species reminiscent of the hexameric micellar structures shown for a Ag(+) complex of a calixarene reported in the literature (Houmadi, S., et al. Langmuir 2007, 23, 4849). Both AFM and TEM studies demonstrated the formation of nanospheres in the case of GSH-capped Ag nanoparticles in interaction with the amido-calix conjugate that possesses terminal -COOH moiety. The AFM studies demonstrated in this paper have been very well applied to albumin proteins to differentiate the aggregational behavior and nanostructural features exhibited by the complexes of proteins from those of the uncomplexed ones. To our knowledge, this is the first report wherein a amido-calixarene conjugate and its amino acid/peptide/protein complexes have been differentiated on the basis of spectroscopy and microscopy studies followed by species modeling by computations.
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